California Lawmakers Postpone Water Bond to 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California lawmakers have approved delaying voters’ consideration of an $11 billion water bond from this November until 2014 – the second time the measure has been postponed. The Assembly on Thursday approved AB1422 on a 69-6 bipartisan vote. The Senate approved the bill by Democratic Assemblyman Henry Perea of Fresno on a 34-2 vote. The bill now goes to the governor. Voters were originally supposed to consider the bond in 2010, but former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, signed legislation delaying it until this year. Democrats want to delay the vote again to focus on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed sales and income tax increases in November. Some lawmakers say the bond is filled with pork projects. Others say the comprehensive plan was the result of a bipartisan compromise.

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